India vs West Indies, 2nd ODI: Axar Patel fires India to series-clinching win over West Indies | Cricket News

PORT OF SPAIN: Axar Patel broke an unbeaten whirlwind 35-ball 64, his first ODI fifty, as India scripted a sensational two-wicket win over West Indies in the second game here.
Set a stark target of 312, the visitors were down to 205 for five in 38.4 overs, but Patel revived India’s pursuit with his six-hit prowess to drive the visitors home with two balls to spare sunday.
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Needing a six on the last three balls, Patel hit Kyle Mayers directly over the bowler’s head for a six as India took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-game series. Patel broke five sixes and three fours in his unbeaten innings and added 51 from 33 with Deepak Hooda (33) to keep India in the hunt.
It was after Shreyas Iyer (63) and Sanju Samson (54) tried to push the chase deep with a well-paced fifty.
Earlier, opting for the bat, Shai Hope produced a masterclass 135-ball 115, while skipper Nicholas Pooran showed his batting prowess with six maximums and a four on his 74-for-77 as West Indies posted an impressive 311 for six.

In response, Shubman Gill (43) looked in good contact as he hit five bounds on his 49-ball innings to give India a decent start, but captain Shikhar Dhawan (13) found it difficult at the other end.
The Indian skipper was the first to go with Mayers netting a superb third-man catch from Romario Shepherd’s bowling.
Mayers then brought India back with two quick wickets, first getting rid of a well-tuned Gill and then deleting Suryakumar Yadav (9), who again dragged one to his stumps.

Iyer and Samson attempted to continue the deep chase with a partnership of 99 runs on 94 balls, but once the two were gone, India still needed 105 runs from 11 overs.
It was all Patel’s show after that as he continued to fight despite losing Hooda and Shardul Thakur.
Earlier, Hope played the anchor role to perfection adding 65 points with fly-half Mayers (39), before forging another 62-point stand with Shamarh Brooks (35).
Hope then found her perfect ally in skipper Pooran as the two shared a 117-point stand.
Hope, who was fired cheaply in the first ODI, hit eight fours and three highs in his 135-ball, 115-run shot.
For India, the spinning duo of Patel (1/40) and Hooda (1/42) was economical but Yuzvendra Chahal (1/69) was expensive as he was crushed for six sixes and two fours.
Mohammed Siraj (0/47) played well but Avesh Khan (0/54 in 6 overs) made an unforgettable ODI debut, while Thakur (3/54) made amends at the back with three wickets .
Hope looked in full swing as he played some exquisite shots from the away side before hitting the triple digit mark in his 100th ODI match with a six at 45 over.
Earlier, Mayers tore up debutant Avesh, slamming him for successive boundaries in the fourth and sixth overs as the Indian pacer, guilty of bowling too full and too short, ended up conceding 36 in his first three overs.
Thakur was not spared either as Mayers sent his first two balls for a four and a six but Siraj kept things tight on his first spell.
Hooda produced the first breakthrough with Mayers hitting his first delivery straight to the bowler.
Brooks and Hopes then looked to partner bowling Hooda and Patel in tandem as just 42 runs came 11-20.
Chahal was introduced late in the attack and was taken to cleaners on the 21st with Hope and Brooks breaking a six and a four.
But Dhawan brought Patel back and he produced a maiden at the wicket to get rid of Brooks with the Indian skipper taking a low hold.
Chahal landed another blow with Brandon King missing his slog sweep as WI slipped to 130 for three.
Pooran took his time at first, then used his feet against the spinners, especially Chahal, to produce big shots.
Hope also picked up three boundary and also swept Chahal for a six to reach his fifty.
The 200 was up in the 38th overs with Pooran unleashing two highs. The West Indian skipper exploded in the 39th with two sixes from Chahal on both sides of the field to raise his fifty.
Pooran, on one knee, also beat Patel for six more before sending Avesh over the ropes for his sixth max, but Thakur knocked him down around his legs to produce a crucial breakthrough.
Hope then unleashed two straight sixes off Chahal en route to his century, while Rovman Powell (13) and Romario Shepherd (14) played some vigorous shots to take the hosts past the 300 mark.
West Indies have amassed 93 points in the last 10 overs.

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